@echo - I spent a lot of time delivering boats up and down the West coast and to Hawaii as well as worked on ships throughout the Pacific. I've never done the ICW. Something about being able to motor along at a leisurely pace, anchoring every night for a couple beers and steak just sounds so appealing to me. We don't have that on the West Coast (except maybe the inside passage of BC).
Oh it's awesome. I've been from Mile 1 at Norfolk to Daytona and all points in between. The bridges and shoals South of Swansboro are the only real hassles, (IMHO) South of Myrtle Beach to Georgetown is the best part.